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  • April 15, 2022
Close-up of Chinook salmon heads

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announces California recreational ocean salmon fishing season dates are now set for the remainder of 2022 and offer about the same number of open days as last year.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Marine, Salmon
  • April 8, 2022
A dog investigates a fish caught by anglers.

Dog owners in northern California are reminded to take precautions to protect their pets from Salmon Poisoning Disease. Salmon Poisoning Disease is a potentially fatal condition seen only in dogs after they eat certain types of raw or cold smoked fish like trout and salmon that are infected with a bacteria-like organism, Neorickettsia helminthoeca, which is transmitted by the parasitic flatworm (or “fluke”) Nanophyetes salmincola.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing
  • February 25, 2022
Man Holds Largemouth Bass

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now offering public fishing opportunities through the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program.

Categories: Fishing, Hunting
  • February 4, 2022
An adult Coho salmon swims in a coastal river.

The California Fish and Game Commission has adopted emergency regulations allowing CDFW to extend low-flow related fishing restrictions on portions of the Smith, Eel and Russian rivers and a number of other coastal rivers and streams through April 30 if needed to protect runs of salmon and steelhead.

Categories: Drought, FGC, Fisheries, Fishing, Salmon
  • December 1, 2021
woman in waders fishing in river

If you’re looking for the perfect present for the angler in your life, CDFW reminds holiday shoppers that beginning Jan. 1, anglers 16 years of age and older will need a new annual sport fishing license to take or pursue any fish, mollusk, crustacean, invertebrate, reptile or amphibian in California (including catch-and-release fishing) in the 2022 calendar year. Though the 365-day license is definitely part of California’s angling future thanks to AB 817, there are some further steps needed to bring the option online.

Categories: Fishing
  • November 12, 2021
four happy anglers show off their catch of seven rainbow trout

CDFW is now accepting grant applications for fishing programs, classes and activities that educate and engage diverse, metrocentric communities. This grant program is part of CDFW’s ongoing angler recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) effort to increase fishing participation and conservation awareness statewide.

Categories: Education, Fishing, Grants, R3
  • November 5, 2021
pile of Dungeness crab

The recreational take of Dungeness crab using crab traps, hoop nets and snares is allowed starting tomorrow, Nov. 6, 2021, in Fishing Zones 1 and 2 (from the Oregon state line to the Sonoma/Mendocino county line) and in Fishing Zones 5 and 6 (the area south of Lopez Point, Monterey County).

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Marine
  • September 29, 2021
Fisherman casting line in the American River

October 2021 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

Categories: Calendar
  • September 25, 2021
A party boat plies the waters off the Golden Gate Bridge in search of Chinook salmon.

California hunters and anglers have reason to celebrate Saturday, Sept. 25. Not only is it National Hunting and Fishing Day – a nationwide thank you to the contributions hunters and anglers make to fish and wildlife conservation – but California’s outdoor opportunities are opening up once again in time for peak fall hunting and fishing seasons.

Categories: Deer, Fire, Fishing, Hunting, Salmon
  • August 31, 2021
Red-winged blackbird in reeds at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area.

September 2021 CDFW Calendar

Categories: Calendar

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